Youth Services

Nicasa’s youth services are for youth ages 11 to 17 and begin with a comprehensive assessment that reviews all aspects of his or her life, including school, family, work, friends, etc.  From this assessment our counselors are able to make recommendations to the services appropriate for his or her unique situation.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Services

Nicasa’s youth substance abuse and behavioral health services provide a variety of programs that capitalize on individual strengths and skill-building to give today’s youth the tools they need to succeed and develop healthy lifestyles. Whether he or she needs a little guidance to avoid risky behaviors, life-skills to make good decisions and take responsibility, or more in-depth treatment for substance abuse issues, Nicasa has the experience to meet the needs of today’s youth.  These services include education, life skills, early intervention, and outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment.  Components of these programs may include or address:

•  responsibility
•  decision-making
•  problem-solving
•  anger management
•  risks of drug/alcohol use
•  relapse prevention
•  positive alternative activities

Youth services are provided at Nicasa’s Round Lake, Waukegan, Highland Park, Buffalo Grove, and Zion offices.  See Contact Us for office hours and addresses.

Youth services are provided with funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, United Way of Lake County, townships, community organizations, individual donors, and fundraising events.

Nicasa offers a sliding scale of fees based on family income.  For current fees and information regarding applying for reduced fees, please contact us.

Mental Health Services

Nicasa provides consultations, evaluations, and psychotherapy for a wide variety of mental health concerns including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and cutting and self-harm behaviors.  Mental health services begin with a free 1-hour consultation.  Services are provided by masters level and licensed mental health therapists.

Nicasa offers a sliding scale of fees based on family income.  Youth Mental Health Services are available at Nicasa’s Round Lake, North Chicago, and Zion offices.  Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available.  Services are available in English and Spanish.

Mental Health Services are funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County.

For more information on mental health services please Contact Us.

Teen Court

Teen Court is an alternative to the traditional justice system for first time youth offenders ages 10 – 18 where youth are sentenced by a group of peers.  The program is based on balanced and restorative justice.  Successful completion prevents the youth from having a court record for the offense.   Read More

For more information on youth services please Contact Us.